Engineered hardwood floors are a great option for anyone looking to remodel. If you’ve done any research at all you’ve probably seen how expensive and time-consuming it is to lay down generic hardwood floors. If you’re looking for an easy way to save on both of these things while providing nearly the same level of durability then look no further! Engineered wood is the way to go. So how does it accomplish this? Let’s find out!

What is Engineered Wood?

While generic hardwood is made from one piece of wood, engineered hardwood is made of wood with a durable plywood core. This is to achieve the same look and feel of solid hardwood while simultaneously keeping the durability of composite wood. Once it’s installed it is also impossible to tell apart the engineered and generic wood. This means that there won’t be any spots on your floor that stick out like a sore thumb despite being built differently. 

Pros:

  • Saves Money

Engineered wood can save you a lot of money compared to other options. This is because they are made with less solid materials. This decrease in material means that you won’t have to spend as much while still getting the same job done. Don’t be fooled, despite the fact that engineered wood is less solid it still is highly durable and can accomplish the same tasks that other on the market flooring can. 

  • Faster Installation

Nobody wants to spend their week carefully walking on unfinished flooring. Home renovations can turn from exciting into a nightmare if they start to drag on. Engineered flooring provides you a great time save through its click-together flooring. This style of flooring snaps together without any hammers or glue required. 

  • Variety of Products

Say you want something a little more exotic for the flooring of your house, engineered hardwood has got you covered! Regular exotic hardwood can cost a fortune, however, engineered flooring can save you a fortune while still providing the aesthetic appeal you’re looking for. Thanks to the wide variety of styles engineered flooring come in you’ll find it easy to get what you’re looking for.

Cons:

  • Scratches and Dents

If you have furniture, kids, or pets constantly moving around then your flooring is going to be dinged. This is nearly unavoidable, and much like regular hardwood flooring, engineered wood experiences this too.

  • Can’t be Refinished

Depending on what kind of engineered flooring that you purchase it might be impossible to refinish it more than once or twice. This is because of its thin veneer layer that struggles to be sanded down. This problem mainly occurs if you buy cheaper flooring, however, it can sometimes appear with expensive ones as well. 

  • Fades in the Sun

A general wood flooring disadvantage is that it tends to fade in the sun as time goes on. Unfortunately, engineered hardwood flooring also suffers from this issue. The longer it’s in contact with UV rays the more likely it is to look muted.

Need Some Help with Installation?

Dalton Flooring has been doing business as a carpet and flooring store in Southgate for 40 years. We also have a new location in Rochester Hills, MI. We offer carpet consultations as well as installation from our variety of carpet selections. Whether you visit our store or choose to have samples brought to your home for a Free In-Home Estimate, we have a range of flooring designs and products to help you achieve your desired goals.

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